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There’s probably no better way to energize a crowd of constitutional lawyers than to have a fresh Supreme Court decision on executive power to analyze, so the timing for the sixth annual American Constitution Society Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., couldn’t have been more perfect. The high court’s highly anticipated Boumediene v. Bush decision allowing habeas corpus reviews for Guantanamo Bay detainees fit in perfectly with a number of the planned panels by the liberal legal policy organization. Legal scholars, lawyers and judges spent Friday and Saturday kicking around ideas on a wide array of topics, including what constitutional issues the new president, whoever that is, and Congress will have to address after the election this November. What follows is a report on some of those panels.


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